Portuguese Football

Athletic Bilbao overcome Raul's double

In last night's Europa League quarter-final first legs, veteran striker Raul scored twice for Schalke but they still lost 4-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao, who eliminated Manchester United in the previous round.

Zigic is told to stand tall

Nikola Zigic has received the backing of Birmingham manager Chris Hughton and team-mate Keith Fahey following his costly penalty miss in Birmingham's 1-0 Europa League defeat in Braga.

Portugal deny Nani rift reports

The Portuguese Football Federation have dismissed reports Nani was sent home from the World Cup for reasons other than a shoulder injury.

Nani ruled out of World Cup

Portugal suffered a major injury blow today after it was announced winger Nani would play no part in the World Cup after damaging his collar bone.

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Bolton in talks with £12m Veloso

Bolton manager Gary Megson has confirmed the club have opened talks with Sporting Lisbon about the possibility of signing defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso.

Former president of Benfica faces extradition

The former president of the Portuguese football club Benfica appeared before Westminster magistrates' court in London yesterday and could be extradited to Portugal to face fraud and document forgery charges relating to mismanagement of the team's finances.